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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 284: Fines and compensation orders: maximum amounts

556.Subsection (1) prevents the SCC from imposing a fine of more than the prescribed sum (currently £5,000) for any one offence. In the case of a criminal conduct offence, subsection (2) further prevents the court from imposing a fine greater than that which a magistrates’ court could impose for the corresponding offence under the law of England and Wales.

557.Under subsection (3) the SCC cannot make a service compensation order for an amount greater than the maximum compensation that a magistrates’ court can award (currently £5,000). In the case of offences taken into consideration, under subsection (4) the amount awarded must not exceed the difference between the maximum that the court could have awarded (for the offences of which the offender is convicted) and the amount that it does in fact award.

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